Many thanks to Graeme How, from New Zealand for sending in this illustrated article.
Machinery In The Modern Printing Plant of the ‘Northland Age’ –
TOP left: The Klischograph Photo Engraving Machine. This machine played a big
part in the engraving of blocks for this magazine.… Read the rest
Many thanks to Bill Westland for sending in these great photographs. They were taken at the Rochester Times-Union and Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspapers before computerisation.
A well-dressed Linotype operator
Bank of Linotypes, with a female operator in the background
Another well-dressed operator with visor and cigar
Close-up of copy and keyboard
Operator having a smoke
A bank of linecasters
Linecaster with guards
A quiet corner
Democrat and Chronicle article with a photo of Bill himself!… Read the rest
Check the “Related Pages” menu for details and pictures of Neotype linecasters.
Information about Russian linecasting machines is pretty scarce on the internet, but the Metal Type Forum has some real gems.
Linotypes in Mongolia
The thread Linotypes in Mongolia has a number of pictures of Russian machines in action, including this one, dated 1959 showing what appears to be a model 144.… Read the rest
Check the “Related Pages” menu for further reading on Russian linecasters.
The following pictures and descriptions come from an un-dated glossy brochure produced by Neotype, West Germany.
The Compact Series
Function and reliability of a good typesetting machine are dependent on construction and design.… Read the rest
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Linecaster fan? Make contact with others worldwide on the Metal Type Forum: Linotype Chat or Intertype Chat.… Read the rest
There is some lively discussion about these machines on the Forum.
There are even pictures of some of these machines “in the wild.”
Take a look here: Linotype Europa
There are also pictures and descriptions of some much older German Linotypes on Metal Type here: German Linotypes
“The latest development in the field of modern setting machine technology” is the heading on the cover of the leaflet promoting the Universa linecaster, one of the very few such machines to be built incorporating a bank of six magazines and which was the impressive leader in the range of “New Line” machines produced during the 1960s by Mergenthaler Linotype GmbH of Frankfurt.… Read the rest
The Continenta could be had as a manually-operated machine offering 28/34/42 Cicero line widths (30/36/42em equivalents) or as a tape-operated version able to cast at speeds of 10 to 15 lines per minute. Weight: 1850kg.
It was a two-magazine mixer utilising standard 90-channel magazines and had a mould wheel with four water-cooled moulds.… Read the rest
There were two versions of this design, the original and the Europa G Quick, both of which were designed principally for high-speed tape operation but which could also be used manually.
As regards the first-mentioned, it was a four-magazine mixer weighing-in at 2000kg equipped with four water-cooled 28 Cicero (30em) moulds, with provision for extension to 34 Cicero (36em) operation.… Read the rest
This machine was the German version of the English Model 79 or the American Comet—a high speed model capable of casting 15 newspaper-measure lines per minute when working on tape. It could also be operated manually, when the casting rate could be stepped-down to take account of the fact that not many operators were capable of working at such a high speed and thus there was no valid reason for the machine to be subjected to such wear and tear when there was no call for it.… Read the rest